“Cecilia Parsberg’s artistic practice have often brought her towards the hazardous and complex but important and necessary political undertaking in speaking about the other, the marginalized or underprivileged of society (engaging both sexual, social and political displacement and suppression in her work), or the underdogs in a political conflict such as the Palestinians; generating challenging works of art, blending documentation and activism, where often the artist herself is present as witness, investigator, mediator, supporter.” (2006 Jan-Erik Lundström, BildMuseet, Umeå)
My works are made mainly in Sweden, South Africa and Palestine. In atyed in Johannesburg and Soweto several months during the years: 1999-2001. The experience changed my life, my way of thinking about art and how to make it. I explored how to collaborate and rather than taking photos/stories/images. I needed to see beyond and together with others develop images in the gap between us, in the space and possible room between us, wether it’s between the gaze of the white and black or other social differencies. Was it possible? I wanted to develop “images in the third space”; that which wants to be made visible.
2004-05, Rinkeby, probably the most well-known suburb to Stockholm, the “first living place” for many immigrants. The project is called 4U! The meaning and the multiplicity of the word Power was translated by speaking to people. We had to make more than hundred conversations becuase in Rinkeby 110-120 languages are spoken. A permanent piece was made, a wallpaper covering the walls in “Peoples house” five-storey high building. We also made a travelling exhibition, produced by Riksutställningar.
2001-06, Palestine/Israel. In the conflict-milieus, like in Gaza and in the Jenin-projects, I wanted to challenge a westernized way, my way of seeing and meeting them as muslims and a culture that was and still is criticized; what’s the border between us? Can we drill holes? Is the painting of the wall a way to make windows? Can poetry open these windows? I studied facts on the ground, collaborated with people at site and produced some exhibitions, web sites and films. I made these websites to describe the socio-political context where the art projects are made: http://this.is/Jenin and http://this.is/TheWall The film A Heart from Jenin tells the story of a how the 12-year old Ahmed was shot by an Israeli sniper in Jenin camp, West Bank. Ahmed’s parents decided to donate their son’s heart to Israel. A 12-year old girl from Haifa, Israel, received Ahmed’s heart. Today the families have regular contact. A gift exists when there is a receiver, it’s a mutual thing.
Now, I continue this research in my doctoral studies, in the project: How do you become a successful beggar in Sweden?
Border, animation 2012
See the full length version of the animation at: https://vimeo.com/48511040